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Release cycle

We follow Semantic Versioning as defined on

The GNU social platform has a monthly release cycle. That is, we only increment the version number on day 1 of each month.

For GNU social plugins, we increment version number by commit. Plugins update have a propagation of the same type in the GNU social's monthly version bump.

If we have various patch type updates in a month, we only bump it by one in the end of the month. If in the same month we have a minor too, we will only bump the minor value.


GNU social has 'dev', 'alpha', 'beta', 'rc' and 'release' cycles. We usually are in dev during summer. When we finish a dev cycle we release an alpha (devs aren't tagged as releases). From alpha to release it depends on how perfect GNU social is after the end of the dev cycle. But we use the number after alpha instead of patch number for small bug fixes when in this cycle. When we finally go from a release candidate to a release, we party... and we use semver for all the small changes until we start working in another dev cycle (usually on another summer).